#MomPicks by Garish Momma

My Mom wears Garish Gal almost every single day. Sometimes she will open Garish Gal shipments for me and take what she wants! The worst part is she forgets to tell me! Don’t worry, I eventually catch her and make her pay just like everyone else!

My Mom is my best friend and inspiration. She has shattered the glass ceiling time and time again. She has been my business sounding board. She even opens and hangs up Garish Gal shipments when she knows I am overwhelmed. She is a strong bad ass boss lady and I am fortunate she has raised me with the confidence to be the same. But she is more than just a boss lady, she also been there for every break up, every failure, every fight, and every single time I have needed her. Even 2am sobbing phone calls, or angered rants where I just word vomit endlessly. I honestly don’t know what I would do without her.

So it only seemed fitting that I let her tell you what she wants for Mother’s Day, because after all it is her day and who knows what a mom wants better than my mom! Without further ado, Gals Meet my Momma Carol Talbert!

As Mother’s Day approaches, Maggie asked me to share my favorite pieces available at Garish Gal.  I have several favorite spring pieces that I love and I have my eye on…  Many times the clothes arrive when Maggie is traveling so I get to open the new arrivals and put them on hangers for her.  Some of my favs never make it to the Boutique.   I snatch up my size right away and tell her that her shipment was short one size large in that item.  She then kindly bills me for the missing item!  Others of my favorites I watch closely to see if they are purchased or not.  I like to give them 2 – 3 weeks and if no one has purchased my size, then it is fair game for me to purchase! 

My most recent favorite is one I have been waiting on since she posted it when she was at market to place her orders.  I love this jacket!  It fits perfect.  It works great for rainy and/or spring chilly days like we have had this week.  This jacket came in earlier this past week when Maggie was traveling.  I grabbed my size and wore it the next day!  It will transition perfectly to early summer cool mornings and nights with the shoulder and side venting.  There are several new items that are my favs from the shipments last week that are only available currently in the Garish Gal Mobile Boutique.  (Look for the Galaxy Girl Long Sleeve Flowered top- you will love it!)**This top will launch on the website NEXT Tuesday!**

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Of course, I always love the Kimonos that Garish Gal carries.  I have my eye on a new black Kimono in stock… (I already have a green one that I wear year round.)   I also have my eye on the BB Dakota Butler Cozi Cardi and the BB Dakota Lamour Fringe Cardigan.   These are always great pieces to help transition any outfit from day to night.  

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I don’t wear dresses very often but Garish Gal has talked me into the Summer nights BB Dakota Beah printed Maxi Dress.   It is both flowing and flattering.  I have plenty of wedding and summer events this year, so I need more pieces like this in my closet. 

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I am hooked on the Black Spanx Leggins!   They are AMAZING. ** These will be back in stock for the Fall!**

For day to day wear, I have so many favorite blouses from Garish Gal.  My two current favs are the BB Dakota Brando Printed Blouse and the Lace Long Sleeve white Tunic.  The tanks available at Garish Gal are endless!  I love the Chambray Ruffle Tank and the Ash Tunic Tank!  Garish Gal has a Navy Cute Cropped Blouse that transcends Spring into Summer!  I love it with hot pink earrings! 

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I can’t forget jewelry too!  I have the black Arrowhead necklace and the Arrowhead bangle.  I wear the Grey Stud Earrings almost every day.    My favorite LipSense Glossy Gloss is Heartbreaker! 

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Garish Gal’s grandmother proudly wears several pieces from the Boutique.  Her favs are always jackets-  BB Dakota Carnation Black Pleather; BB Dakota Yohan Light Grey Jacket; and the Lush Olive Green Zipper Jacket.    She even wears the BB Dakota Leggings!

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How do I say this politically correct…, you don’t have to be under 35 years old to enjoy shopping and wearing items from Garish Gal!   Garish Gal has items that Maggie wears but are also still appropriate for me or her grandma to wear.  It is all in what you pair it with and how you carry it off.    Remember, the inspiration for Garish Gal, Great, Great Aunt Rosemary, lived well into her 80’s.  She never got too old to always have a flair of Garish in her closet to set her outfit apart! 

If you are not sure how to wear an item or what to pair it with, ask Garish Gal!  She will be very helpful and honest with you on how to dress for your style!    

I am extremely proud of my Garish Gal, Maggie, and her drive for success.   Her brand is selling “Fashion with a Future” through donating a percent of the proceeds from her sales to benefit 501 organizations supporting the education for young women.   I know my purchases not only support Garish Gal but I am also aiding organizations that help provide education to a young girl that may not otherwise have that opportunity. 

So this year, ask for Garish Gal for Mother’s Day!  You will not only be rocking a great look but you will also be giving back to help a young girl learn to read and write!   Happy Mother’s Day to you and to the women in your life!  Celebrate them with love!

All my love to you my sweet Baby Girl and Beautiful young woman!  I will always love you to the moon and back!     Keep following your dream and passion!    Garish Mom

 

Mom’s Use Promo Code: HotMomma15 for 15% off your purchase through Sunday, May 14th!

 

Easter Sunday Outfits

EASTER HAS FULL ON SNUCK UP ON ME THIS YEAR.

I hope I am not the only one who feels like this. One of the best memories I had growing up was going with my mom and sister to pick out our Easter dresses! We would always receive flowers from our grandparents that we would wear all through church. We would all get pictures with the grandparents before church with our fancy outfits. The memories are still SO special to me! With that being said, IT’S TIME for the perfect Easter Outfits!

For Easter Sunday, I LOVE a good sundress. SO below are some options that I felt were REALLY cute for the day that Love Won.

Not one you love? Check out the Dresses Tab for more options!

 

My great grandma used to say, “If it rains on Easter Sunday, it will rain for the next 7 Sundays.” Indiana and April in general means RAIN, but every time it has rained on Easter Sunday, it has rained the next 7. Even on days as clear as can be, there would be a random rain sprinkle. You better believe I will be looking out again this year!

Show us your Garish Gal Easter Outfits by tagging us on Insta and #garishgal

 

xo-

M

Trending Now

New Shirting/Flash Dance Shoulder

I am personally loving this trend. It is a super cool way to make normal professional wear weird–making anything garish and I am going to love it! We currently have a super cute peach top that is perfect for this trend. It is at a great price point, so if you aren’t sure about it, it isn’t a huge investment!

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Off The shoulder

We have PLENTY of off the shoulder options, as we have been seeing this trend stick around since last Spring. I love to give you options, because each off the shoulder top truly fits different and speaks differently to the shopper. You can rock it with a bow on the sides and a solid color, as a dress perfect for Summer Weather and events, or a cute little crop! There are more options I didn’t add on here, so check out the website for more super cute off the shoulder looks!

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Bold & Colorful Stripes

I am usually one to shy away from color, but these two pieces are TOO good to pass up. I love the maxi because it truly makes a bold and beautiful statement. I also love this striped dress that is coming soon. It has a great silhouette for work or for a dinner date! Don’t be afraid of horizontal stripes–they can actually be your best friend when worn in the right cut.

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Banker Stripes (also known as Seersucker Stripes to us Midwestern Folks)

This is one of my favorite trends for the Spring/Summer! I LOVE the light blue banker stripes as they are fresh, crisp, and always flattering! We have a really cute version of it right now that keeps them from being too boring.  We had another simple blouse in banker stripes and it sold out in a DAY! So make sure you grab this trend because it is a HOT ONE!

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Garden Party Florals

Florals for Spring and Summer, ground breaking, I KNOW. But seriously, they are a never fail trend for warmer weather! We have a few options, but these are a few of my favorites! What I love is that they are cross over trends as well, so you get two trends for the price of one! No lie–THIS DRESS IS EVERYTHING! (click on the picture to take you to the deets!)

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Let me know in the comments if you are loving these trends for Spring/Summer!

 

xo-
M

Books to Bring to the Beach

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For some of our shoppers, Spring Break time is upon us! While I am not going on any Spring Break trips (sigh) I always love when I see posts about books people have read and LOVED.

I took my own little vacation earlier this year to Florida. All I packed in my suitcase: books & bikinis. I am an introvert and LOVE my alone time. So I packed my bag full of books and bikinis and headed to the beach. I couldn’t have asked for a better combination.

Here are some of my favorite recent reads that you can take with you to the beach, or just a comfy spot on the couch if you are having a staycation!

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I loved this thriller! She definitely keeps you guessing to the end. There are twists and turns at every corner. I read a lot of books like this and ended up figuring it out about midway through. There were a few surprises that I didn’t see coming! This one is for sure a must read–you literally feel every range of emotion!

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In a Dark, Dark Woods by Ruth Ware

I LOVED this book. It starts out a little slow, but then has you FREAKING out the entire rest of the book. It was one of those you were REALLY trying to figure out what was going on because it was SO messed up. I could not put this book down, once it got going, it was a crazy rollercoaster! Great fast and suspenseful read!

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

This was hands down my favorite that I have read in a while. I was actually so scared at one point, I had to stop reading! The suspense and story line was SO intense. You had NO idea what was going to happen next, who was good or bad, or if the main character was even alive!! This is a must read and one your really need to read in one setting. This Book Binge is better than a Netflix binge, I promise!

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

This one really threw me! I usually can predict what is going to happen in suspense thrillers, but I totally didn’t see this ending coming, which made it even more fun to read. This one really messes with your head. It travels backwards through the plot line leaving you trying to figure out what will happen next. I can’t say I loved how it ended, but it was for sure an interesting read.

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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

As someone who literally watches Investigation Discovery channel EVERY SINGLE DAY, loves history, and listens nonstop to true crime podcasts, this was a great real life tale of the man considered to be America’s First Serial Killer. The fact that he killed SO many people and was able to get away with it still blows my mind. I also love the mix of building the city up while another person was breaking the city down. It also follows the architects that worked extremely hard to build up Chicago in time for the World’s fair, meanwhile H H Holmes is using the World’s Fair to murder people! My sister lives in Chicago and I had never heard of H H Holmes until I read this! It is a slower read, but truly fascinating.

For the #BossBabes….

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Do the KIND thing by Danial Lubetzky

I loved reading this book. It was a great read if you have your own business, want to have your own, or looking to pursue your passion. Garish Gal is a socially responsible company as we donate 10% of profits to education based nonprofit organizations (mainly Project 117 in Haiti). The whole idea of KIND as a company is AND meaning that you can sell something great AND have a socially responsible mission. He talks a lot about how to create a successful business after failure, which I think all business owners need to read about!

Look cute while posted up with a good book —>

This black distressed tunic is a boutique fave! Only a few sizes left, so make sure you get yours ASAP!
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Let me know which reads are your favorites in the comments!

 

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M

 

 

 

LipSense & Garish Gal

Have you heard about this incredible LipSense Lip Gloss?? Seriously- I am ALWAYS skeptical of direct sales products, but LipSense is all that is promises and MORE! I LOVE to play around with lip glosses and I’ve tried everything from Kylie Jenner LipKits to NYX Soft Butter Mattes. I will say–NOTHING has impressed me like LipSense.

I personally don’t wear much make up, it is a rare event if I even wear eyeshadow. Lip glosses have become an easy way to add a little extra to my look without extra time. However, I would get SO self conscious every time I put them on. Is it smeared? Is it on my teeth? Does it still look okay? Ugh, I hope my date doesn’t notice my lips have come off on my wine glass. I would get SO frustrated that I would usually go to the bathroom and take it off shortly after putting it on. I also had a boyfriend that refused to kiss me if I was wearing lip gloss!

With LipSense all of those problems are fixed! Here’s everything you NEED to know about LipSense:

What is LipSense?

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I recently learned that my ever present need more than life support chapstik was actually hurting my lips. Wax in the chapstik blocks your lips from naturally moisturizing themselves because it acts as a moisture barrier- thus making you dependent on chapstik. OF COURSE-DUH MAGGIE–Business 101 make the customer NEED your product. Instead, you should use products with Shea Butter in them to help your lips naturally moisturize. The LipSense Glosses are made with Shea allowing for your lip to stay hydrated so your lips won’t get that dried  out crusty looks.

Okayyyy, So How Much Does it Cost?

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LipSense is super reasonable–I have spent a lot more at the Nordstrom counter, Sephora, and Ulta on less superior products. These tubes last a 4-6 months (based on daily use) and a single wear lasts anywhere from 4-18 hours (depending on how many layers you applied). Meanwhile, my KJ LipKit barely lasts an hour.

How Do I Apply it?

  1. Clean your lips and make sure they are completely dry.
  2. Shake your LipSense well before applying.
  3. With lips parted, place applicator on your lip beginning at the outside corner and apply in a fluid sweeping motion to the opposite corner of the lips. Avoid touching lips until Glossy Gloss is applied.
  4. Apply three even and thin layers, letting your color dry (10-15 seconds) in between layers.
  5. If your lips are dry, chapped, or cracked, it may tingle when applying. The Shea Butter in the gloss will help to restore moisture and tingling should subside with regular use.

How Do I Remove it?

LipSense can be removed using anything oil based (baby oil, coconut oil, etc.) a warm washcloth, Oops SeneGence Remover, and any makeup remover towelette.

What Colors Do You Recommend?

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As a lip lady, I LOVE nudes, light pinks, and mauves for every day colors. Reds and Bordeaux colors are great if you are feeling a little sassy!

I usually only purchase the colors I really love for Garish Gal (usually in the above hues). You won’t ever see us carrying a black, or brown, or something totally out there. It just isn’t true to the Garish Gal brand.

Garish Gal currently has the following colors in stock:

Strawberry Shortcake

Heartbreaker

Blu-Red

Hazelnut

Apple Cider

Bombshell

Aussie Rose

Pink Champagne

Neutral

Roseberry

Pomegranate

Cappuccino

Glossy Gloss and Pearl Gloss

Below are some hand swatches!! 

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Top to Bottom: Blu-Red, Strawberry Shortcake, Heartbreaker, & Hazelnut all with Glossy Gloss

These WILL GO FAST! So don’t hesitate! Get yours today–either DM us on Instagram (@garishgal) or purchase on our website!

If you have any questions–ask in the comments!

 

xo-

M

Blushes & Blues: Which are you?

As one of the biggest trends for Spring, the question begs to be answered: Which are you? Blush is forever a flattering and feminine color that emerges Spring after Spring as a must wear color. Varying shades of blue have dominated the runways and now instagram/fashion blogger scene! Personally, I am loving both of these trends, but tend to lean more towards the blue for myself!

Check out all the Blushes & Blues available at Garish Gal!

Blues

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Blushes

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Upcoming Blues Available in March–>

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SO, which are you? Blush or Blue?

Post your pick on our last instagram picture!

xo-

M

Comfy Cozy in Chicago

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Vest // Leggings (Coming to Garish Gal SOON!!–You can also try these!) // Top

Disclaimer–I am shy in front of the camera! BUT–I love this super warm and cozy fleece lined vest! Also, this black top is an amazing piece. I wear it ALL the time. It is easy to wear to work and a great piece to throw on for date night! THE BEST part of the whole outfit–these amazing liquid pleather Spanx leggings. These bad boys SUCK you right in and feel amazing. I have been LIVING in them. Garish Gal will have these in SOON! They are worth every penny & I can’t wait to add more pairs to my closet! The Jack by BB Dakota version in stock now are equally great. They have a really cool pattern to them and look amazing on. They are also a little more budget friendly than the Spanx leggings.

Happy Shopping, loves!

xo-

M

 

 

Fun for Fall

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 Garish Gal Feeny Jacket //  Olive Key Hole

Loving this layering combo & these Fall colors for the perfect pair. I love pleather jackets, they are a MUST have in your closet. The Jack by BB Dakota pleather jackets are some of the best quality, longest lasting, and easy to maintain. I am always bringing pleather jackets into the boutique ever single season from them, because I firmly believe there is a perfect pleather jacket for everyone!

Happy Shopping, loves!

xo-

M

 

Garish Gal is TWO!!

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Two years of being in business. 

I would be lying through this keyboard if I said that statement doesn’t bring tears to my eyes. Owning a business is the best and hardest thing I have ever done. The sacrifices and stress seem to be endless, but then again so do the rewards.

When I started my business, I had really low self esteem. I was coming off of some major life changes and honestly didn’t know who I was or what I wanted. In the back of my head I had this aching feel that I wasn’t smart enough to do this. That I wasn’t good enough & that I was wasting my time and money.

Garish Gal has so proved me wrong in so many ways, but I think this is the most important. Not only has Garish Gal given me confidence I didn’t know possible, but it gives other women confidence. I started the business with the intention of reaching out to the outcast–that person who doesn’t necessarily mesh with what society or a small town says is acceptable. I guess I have always been that person–usually described as weird, or as I like to think, Garish.

I love when a woman comes into Garish Gal for the first time and finds something she loves, but is scared to try. There’s nothing quiet like that moment when she comes out of the fitting room and sees herself for the first time. That moment she realizes she looks great & can rock that which seemed impossible a few minutes before. She walks out of that little enclosed cargo trailer, bag in hand, with a new found confidence in her heart.

That to me, is worth everything. 

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I want to thank everyone who has made Garish Gal what it is today. I don’t have the capacity to thank every single person in this post, but if I could I SO would.

Allie Ault, I don’t know what I would have done this year without your help! You love my business like I do & that is so incredibly special to me.

Marlee, you little beauty you, I love that I have such a great ambassador modeling Garish Gal clothes on the website. You saved me from having to do it myself (which I HATED) so I am forever grateful.

My Mom, Dad, & Grandpa for being my drivers, stand in help, support, and advisors. The moment I told you all I wanted to start a business, you were there offering any help AND you still are. I demand a lot and you all have an amazing way of meeting those demands no questions asked. I love you all to the moon & back a billion times.

I know I am forgetting people, so I am sorry if I miss you! BUT know I am beyond grateful for you!

LAST, but certainly not least, Thank YOU –all of my amazing customers. There wouldn’t have been a year 2 if you weren’t so supportive of GG! To thank you, use promo code 2CUTE for 30% off all day today.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Praying for another amazing year of blessings & success! Thanks for allowing me to do what I truly love. 


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xo-

M

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